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April 24, 2019

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April 15, 2019
Dave and family: Deepest sympathy. May God comfort you during this difficult time.
April 14, 2019
Monica and I met in sixth grade in when we were twelve and I was a newcomer to Ruffs Dale. Most of my new classmates, who had gone to school together since kindergarten, didn't know what to make of a girl from Pittsburgh (the big city!) so they just ignored me. Monica was friendly and curious; she asked me a lot of questions. We didn't become good friends right away but meeting that lively girl made enough of an impression on me that I remember it today.

Monica and I became best friends in high school. She was beautiful, fun, smart, resourceful, ambitious, and open to learning about the world. We talked for hours on the phone, in the days when there were only land lines and you were tethered to it with long curly cords.

I stayed at her house overnight many times. I had never had lasagna before but when her mother served it it was a revelation -- I didn't think I had ever had anything better. I'm not Catholic, but I know the Lord's Prayer well from the Sunday 8:00 AM masses I attended with her and her family providing the music from the choir loft.

She talked me into going to Vocational Technical School, VoTech, in my senior year because she was learning drafting there and I, having completed almost all my credits, would have spent all afternoon in study hall. She wanted to have a friend there because she was the only girl in the drafting class and she thought it would be better for me than twiddling my thumbs in study hall. We took a bus there every afternoon. I took chemistry and when things were slow I visited her in drafting class. I have no idea how I was allowed to leave my class and go hang out in hers! But I was there a lot.

Most of all, there were the hours-long phone conversations, talking over the events of the day, gossip, who was going with who, plans to get together outside of school, our teenage navigation of our young lives.

We lost touch in our early twenties. Our paths diverged very far, hers to marriage, family, and career in the place she grew up; mine far away from my childhood home and with much less of a certain direction than she had.

Through social media we reconnected about nine years ago. When we got together again the connection felt just like it had in high school. We talked for a whole day, catching up on the last thirty years of each other's lives.
She had done so much! Raised a son, bred and trained K9 dogs, helped research meerkats in Africa, had a varied and important career, and much more. I felt so proud of the woman my high school friend had become.

Since then we saw each other once a year when I came back to PA to visit my stepmother. A couple of years ago my stepmother moved to assisted living in Maryland so Monica and I didn't see each other but we talked on the phone a couple of times a year, always for over an hour, like the old days. We marveled that it still felt so right, that we still had that connection.

I will greatly miss my beautiful, fun, smart, resourceful, ambitious, and curious about the world friend, as we all will. She left us far too soon, and had too many things she still wanted to do.

David, Joe, and Mark, I hope you enjoy hearing these little remembrances about Monica from me. She will always be in my thoughts and my heart.
April 14, 2019
Dear David,
I am so very saddened to hear of Monica's passing. It's been many years since we worked closely together at Verizon"s Egineering department in Greensburg. She was a good friend. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Gwen Faulk
April 13, 2019
Dave,

So sorry to hear of the loss of your dearest wife. May the Lord give comfort and strength to you and your family during this difficult time, you are in my thoughts and prayers.


God Bless,

Leah Haroldson
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